Friday, June 19, 2009

Great Concert last night

I really enjoy good music. It was probably in 2nd or 3rd grade when my aunt got me a Michael Jackson "Thriller" audiotape. I was completely blown away by "Beat it". For the next many years, I actively followed the Top of the Pops, bought song books to learn lyrics and even tried to play the guitar.

But I truly discovered the "nasha" of music the first time in 2000 at University of Southern California. My friend and then room-mate N (props to you for this - if you are reading this post) made me really "hear" Pink Floyd's The Wall. Since then, I have been hooked and few things make me as happy as watching a good concert.

Anyway, in the last few years, I have become a little disillusioned by the whole concert experience. Most concerts were overcrowded, most of the performances limp, and quite frankly - instead of being fun, the experience was an ordeal.

So when my friend asked me if I wanted to hear Shri + DJ Badmarsh last night at Blue Frog, I was not too excited but happy all the same to go and hang out with my friends.

Man, am I glad that I went? The show was great.

DJ Badmarsh started with a lukewarm performance on his turntables. The music was minimal and slow. As my friend aptly put it - "Should I shout - Start the f***ing music." At that point, I was ready to call it an early night. But then Shri and his boys came on the stage and put on a solid performance for a good two hours. Every song was great. The male acapella singer and the lady vocalist were both phenomenal. Fantastic breakbeats, bass, and creative melodies.

While they were no Chemical Brothers, it was amazing to see their positive energy on the stage. It seemed like they were truly enjoying every minute of their own performance. They were interactive with the crowd and different people come up and performed with them. It was a small crowd in a fantastic venue. This is what music is about!

Two things before I end the post - I have to say that Blue Frog is a really nice place and is probably the best place that I have ever watched a concert at. Great ambience, excellent food.

And S, sucks that you crashed your new-ish car. Cant think of a consolatory comment other than "congratulations on losing your car-virginity. it is just a small dent" and "this experience will make you tougher".